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 Jordan Anderson Racing (JAR) announced today that NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) driver Tyler Reddick of Corning, Calif., will drive the team’s No. 31 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet Camaro SS in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Inaugural visit to Circuit Of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 22. 

After capturing back-to-back NXS Championships in 2018 & 2019, the 25-year-old Reddick turned his attention to the NCS fully in 2020 claiming the most top-five (3) and top-10 (10) finishes, along with the best average finish of any rookie in his class earning a best of 2nd at Texas Motor Speedway. 

“I appreciate everyone at the Bommarito Automotive Group, Chevrolet, and Jordan Anderson Racing for putting this opportunity together” said Reddick.

“I am hopeful that we will be able to have a great run in the Pit Boss 250 at COTA and build some solid momentum moving forward. Between the pairing of the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) chassis and ECR motors they have – it will be great to get back behind the wheel of a familiar race car in the Xfinity Series.” 


Jordan Anderson Racing will compete in the NXS races they are eligible for in the current NASCAR COVID-19 Qualifying structure with cars from RCR and engines supplied by ECR. Arthur (Artie) Haire will continue in his role leading the team’s effort as crew chief. 
 
“Our entire organization is looking forward to the opportunity to finally get back on track next weekend at COTA with Tyler behind the wheel, and show the effort everyone has invested in preparing these race cars.” said Anderson. 
 
“Tyler brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table that will not only elevate our program – but help us build for the future and accomplish the goals we have set internally. I am incredibly thankful to each and every one of our team partners that have stuck behind us this season and kept their belief in the long-term vision we have. It has been a blessing to experience the support from all the amazing people that have stood behind us on this journey. It will be a great feeling to see both the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado and No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro SS competing next weekend.”


Reddick’s No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro SS will carry branding from Anderson’s longtime partner Bommarito Automotive Group of St. Louis, Mo. 
 
“All of us in St. Louis are looking forward to have Tyler represent both our brand and our team driving the No. 31 Bommarito.com Chevrolet.” Said Bommarito Automotive Group President John Bommarito.

“After Jordan and the team laid out the idea behind bringing in someone with his resume and knowledge of these cars – we knew it had the potential to be a perfect storm for us to make up for the unfortunate rain shower we were dealt in Daytona. Teamwork makes the dream work and we are thankful to everyone that has made this journey possible.”
 
Bommarito Automotive Group currently operates 20 automotive franchises throughout every St. Louis neighborhood led by President John Bommarito and the over 900 dedicated team members. What once started as a vision to have one Bommarito vehicle in every driveway, is today a reality thanks to the family’s “Where Price Sells Cars” mission.
 
For more information on the Bommarito Automotive Group or to see the vehicles they currently have, visit them online at 
Bommarito.com, and follow their social channels on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram.
 
In addition to the Pit Boss 250, Reddick will also compete for JAR in two other scheduled events including the Alsco Uniforms 300 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 29, and the Tennessee Lottery 250 during NASCAR’s return to Nashville Superspeedway on June 19. 
 
Additional partners for Charlotte and Nashville will be announced in the upcoming weeks. 
 
Tickets for the Pit Boss 250 are still available for purchase by visiting Circuit of the Americas online at 
NascarAtCOTA.com/Tickets/
 
If you are unable to make it to Austin for the NXS Pit Boss 250, the race will be broadcast LIVE on 
Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Sports App at 4:00 PM EST and aired LIVE on the Performance Radio Network (PRN) and on SIRIUS/XM NASCAR radio Channel 90.
 
Stay updated with everything Tyler Reddick by following him on Social Media; 
FacebookTwitter, and Instagram


For more information on JAR, visit JordanAndersonRacing.com, and be sure to follow the team along all season on the JAR social channels on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  
 
JAR PR

At the end of a tight 18-lap battle for the lead, Loris Hezemans grabbed his first win of the 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Serie season – the eighth of his EuroNASCAR PRO career. The Dutchman picked up where he left at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, where six months ago he won the last race of the 2020 NWES season. At the wheel of his #7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang, the 23-year-old bested DF1 Racing’s Nicolo Rocca and CAAL Racing’s Gianmarco Ercoli in a fierce battle for the win.

RESULTS EURONASCAR PRO: PRACTICE FINAL PRACTICEQUALIFYINGROUND 01 RESULTS

Hezeman started from Pole Position but had to surrender his lead to reigning NWES Champion Alon Day, who had a perfect start. The Israeli was immediately under pressure by the Dutchman and had to defend his position in every turn of the track. This allowed his teammate Ercoli to catch up with the two front runners to open a spectacular three-way battle for the lead.

“It was an eventful race and for sure a challenging one”, said Hezemans, who posted the fastest race lap. “I thought I had a good start but Alon really pushed from second place. It was a great battle up front with Alon and also Gianmarco, who was incredibly fast. It’s great to be back in Victory Lane and start the season on a high note with Hendriks Motorsport here at Valencia. I hope that I haven’t stressed the tires too much for the race tomorrow, but I’m confident that we can be at the front again in the second EuroNASCAR PRO race.”

On lap 5, Hezemans made the decisive move on Day to grab the lead. Afterwards, the Hendriks Motorsport driver was able to open the gap on Ercoli, who also made it past the #88 Camaro for a couple of laps before Day took back second place. While Hezemans sped to victory in a thrilling race, Day and Ercoli were still battling for second place.

Ercoli made another pass on Day on lap 13 to grab the second position and the Israeli also fell behind Rocca, who was charging from fourth place. Due to not respecting the track limits, Ercoli and Day were given a 5-second penalty each, which shuffled them down the order. A strong Rocca inherited second place, while Ercoli moved down to third, which was enough to win the race in the Junior Trophy. Fourth place went to Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport’s Thomas Ferrando from France, who also was second in the special classification for drivers aged 25 and under.

Day finally rounded out the top-5 after the penalty followed by 2020 EuroNASCAR 2 Champion Vittorio Ghirelli in his #50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang. Former Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve ended up seventh after an intense battle with Lucas Lasserre, who also got a 5-second penalty for not respecting the track limits, but still finished in a solid eighth place. Endurance Legend and new DF1 Racing driver Marc Goossens followed in ninth, while 42 Racing’s Luigi Ferrara closed the top-10.

In his first EuroNASCAR race, Not Only Motorsport’s Andrea Nori won the race in the Challenger Trophy by finishing twelfth under the checkered flag. His teammate and 2020 Challenger Trophy Champion Davide Dallara was second in the special classification for bronze and silver drivers in EuroNASCAR PRO in 14th overall. The Finn Henri Tuomaala rounded out the podium in 15th place.

EuroNASCAR PRO Round 2 will take place on Sunday at 14:45 CEST, while the first EuroNASCAR 2 race of the season will follow today at 16:45 CEST. All races will be broadcasted live on EuroNASCAR’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Twitch – and Motorsport.tv.

NWES PR

The right strategy and two perfect laps put the #7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang on pole for the first 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series races in both EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. 2019 NWES Champion Loris Hezemans clocked a phenomenal 1:41.156 lap around the 4-km track to grab the first Pole Award of the new season. Just 30 minutes later, his teammate Martin Doubek grabbed the Pole Position for his race by just 0.021 seconds.

Finding the right timing and putting one optimal lap together was the secret to success for both drivers who were observing the track conditions with the sun quickly warming up the asphalt. Both Hendriks Motorsport veterans only clocked five laps in Qualifying and saved their tires for a busy race weekend.

Hezemans phenomenal in EuroNASCAR PRO

“It was a little strategy play for sure,” said Hezemans. “We saw yesterday in Free Practice that the track got slower the more the temperatures went up. Ten minutes before Qualifying I said: ‘Let’s go out right at the beginning when the track is cool!’ It seems it worked out very well.”

EURONASCAR PRO RESULTS: PRACTICE FINAL PRACTICEQUALIFYING

Hezemans was 0.676 seconds faster than CAAL Racing’s Alon Day, who will start from the front row in Saturday’s EuroNASCAR PRO race. While the Dutchman was unbeatable, Day edged all the other competitors despite having only 15 minutes of special practice in the morning. The Israeli missed Free Practice on Friday due to the traveling restrictions caused by the difficult situation in his home country.

Another title contender, Day’s teammate Gianmarco Ercoli, ended up third with a 0.693-second gap from the Pole Award winner. The Italian, who turned 26-years-old on May 5th, led the Junior Trophy standings. DF1 Racing’s Nicolo Rocca was fourth, 0.711 seconds slower than Hezemans. The NWES veteran is in his second year with the Austrian team.

Vittorio Ghirelli from Italy rounded out the top-5 with a 1:42.169-lap at the wheel of his #50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang. The 2020 EuroNASCAR 2 Champion made good progress in his first laps among the European NASCAR top drivers. Frenchman Thomas Ferrando followed in sixth ahead of Giorgio Maggi and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, who led the Challenger Trophy standings. The top-10 was closed by RDV Competition’s Frederic Gabillon and 42 Racing’s Luigi Ferrara.

Centimeters decide EuroNASCAR 2 Qualifying

In the EuroNASCAR 2 Qualifying, only a few thousands of a second decided the battle for the first Pole Award of the 2021 season. Doubek got the pole at the wheel of #7 Ford Mustang. The two-time 2020 race winner built on last season’s momentum and benefited from the right strategy call and a great Hendriks Motorsport car.

EURONASCAR 2 RESULTS: PRACTICE | FINAL PRACTICE | QUALIFYING

“I have a really good teammate and we found a really good setup”, said the Czech after winning the second Pole Award of his career. “I’m very happy to grab the first Pole Position right in the first Qualifying of the year. The track is really challenging and demanding, but we are confident that we can use the momentum for the upcoming race.”

But it was a close call: Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport’s Vladimiros Tziorztis was just 0.021 seconds slower than Doubek and his 1:42.339 lap. The Cypriot will start from the first row when the green flag flies for the first time in EuroNASCAR 2 on Saturday afternoon. 2019 EuroNASCAR 2 runner-up Tobias Dauenhauer ended up third, 0.565 seconds behind his teammate on pole.

Another promising talent, Francesco Garisto set the fourth fastest time in Qualifying. The 42 Racing driver clocked a 1:43.813 lap at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. With his new team Double V Racing, Pier Luigi Veronesi closed the top-5 after the 30-minute session, while CAAL Racing’s Advait Deodhar followed in sixth.

EuroNASCAR 2 returnee Justin Kunz was seventh ahead of his teammate Simon Pilate from Belgium. The fastest Legend Trophy driver was The Club Motorsport’s Fabrizio Armetta at the wheel of the #55 Chevrolet Camaro in ninth.

Completing the top-10, Alberto Panebianco was the fastest driver among the Rookie Trophy participants in the 2021 NWES season. Lady Trophy title candidate Arianna Casoli finished 18th, while Solaris Motorsport’s Alina Loibnegger was involved in a contact with Vict Racing’s Paolo Valeri that triggered a red flag.

EuroNASCAR PRO Round 1 will start at 13:45 CEST, while the first EuroNASCAR 2 race of the season will follow at 16:45 CEST. All races will be broadcasted live on EuroNASCAR’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Twitch – and Motorsport.tv.

NWES PR

Back in the family-owned B5 Rocket Chassis, back in front of the fans that know him best, and back in Victory Lane. Brandon Sheppard is the newest Farmer City 74 winner.

 

Sheppard, of New Berlin, IL, put on a clinic Friday night at Farmer City Raceway, leading all 74 laps of the track’s marquee event and cashing in for $10,000 in his first MARS Racing Series start of the season.

 

“It means a lot to me,” Sheppard said. “Anytime I can race around home and race the B5, I’ve got a big support system and a lot of people that like seeing this thing go fast.”

 

With only one night on the car so far this year, B-Shepp & Co. certainly made it hard to tell. An overall fast time in Qualifying by almost two tenths over second-fast Tanner English, a Heat Race win and the pole position drawn for the Feature. The stars were just all aligned in his favor, and he certainly made his presence felt.

 

At the drop of the green, Sheppard jetted out to a comfortable lead and set the pace early. A quick caution on Lap 13 restacked the field and opened up the door for a hungry Bobby Pierce behind him to jump into the picture.

 

Pierce, of Oakwood, IL, got a run to a second-running Tanner English’s outside on the restart and made it count, swiping the position away as he set sights on Sheppard’s rear bumper.

 

“It was good getting my Tanner there for second. I probably had nothing for Brandon; maybe if that top side was there in [Turns] 3 and 4,” Pierce said.

 

But as the laps clicked off, Pierce’s preferred lane on the top never came in and Sheppard was continuing to pull away in traffic.

 

At the height of his lead before a final caution was displayed on Lap 61, Sheppard was over five seconds ahead. But a great launch on the restart gave Sheppard the boost he needed to carry it all the way back to the finish line and win his first career Farmer City 74 trophy.

 

Pierce entertained the idea of going for the win had Sheppard slipped-up, but the opportunity never presented itself.

 

“If he would’ve went in there and missed the corner, I would’ve dove in there. But it’s Sheppard – he ain’t gonna do that,” Pierce said.

 

While he’s normally found tearing up the country on the road with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, racing for Rocket Chassis founder/owner Mark Richards, Sheppard enjoys each time he gets to come home and race his own equipment, maintained by his family team.

 

“Uncle Ed [Bauman] and Chuck Oberreiter, everybody that works on this B5 car, they take great care of this thing while I’m on the road,” Sheppard said. “It allows me to come back and just fine tune on the setups and make sure my tires are all done the way I want them… it just makes for a good deal.”

 

Most weekly DIRTcar Late Model races at FCR are 25 Laps in length. Wednesday was a whole different ball game in the 74-lap main event, which prompted the teams to make keen decisions on tire selection and save them from excess wear in the long-run.

 

“That was probably my main concern – me scrubbing that thing off and blowing the right-front out, honestly,” Sheppard said. “The right-rear tire was hard enough, but the right-front and left-rear wasn’t.”

 

UP NEXT

 

The MARS Racing Series stars head just 45 minutes north to Fairbury Speedway on Saturday, May 15, to compete for a $15,000 top prize in the Spring Showcase. Hot Laps are scheduled for 5:50pm.

 

Farmer City 74 Feature (74 Laps) – 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[2]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[4]; 5. 42-McKay Wenger[7]; 6. 11G-Gordy Gundaker[11]; 7. 19R-Ryan Gustin[14]; 8. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr[16]; 9. 24-Ryan Unzicker[18]; 10. 18B-Shannon Babb[13]; 11. 9-Eric Smith[12]; 12. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[9]; 13. 25-Jason Feger[21]; 14. B12-Kevin Weaver[17]; 15. 18C-Chase Junghans[19]; 16. 99JR-Mike McKinney[20]; 17. 74-Mitch McGrath[10]; 18. 3S-Brian Shirley[5]; 19. 30-Mike Glasscock[22]; 20. 10S-Taylor Scheffler[6]; 21. 15-Kolby Vandenbergh[15]; 22. 94-Austin Rettig[8]

 

DIRtcar Series PR

Salinas’ Bobby Hogge IV led all 25-laps for Friday’s IMCA Modified feature win at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville. An exciting Hobby Stock feature finish and a competitive Western Midget Racing main event were among the highlights at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds quarter-mile. Friday marked the second event of the 2021 season to have fans in the grandstands.

Hogge led time trials, won his heat race, and claimed the dash win, while West Coast Stock Car Hall of Famer Jim Pettit II won the second heat race. The highly-accomplished duo made up the front row with Hogge pulling ahead to lead lap one.

Pettit tried to close in lapped traffic while past champion Cody Burke battled with JC Elrod of San Martin for third. Hogge held the lead through a restart on lap ten. A late caution set up a sprint to the finish but Hogge maintained the top position. Pettit, Elrod, Tim Balding, and Austin Burke rounded out the top-five at the checkered flag, with Cody Burke ultimately finishing sixth.

San Jose’s Joe Gallaher put in the drive of the night with a come from behind win on the final lap of the 20-lap Hobby Stock feature. Prunedale’s Quintin Harris lost an engine on lap nine and surrendered the lead as well.

Jerry Skelton assumed the top position as the race stayed green, enjoying an advantage of more than four seconds over the field. Gallaher chipped away at the advantage of Watsonville’s Skelton, pulling Gallaher completed the pass exiting turn four to take the exciting win. Ryan Muller, Norm Ayers, and Tony Oliveira rounded out the top-five.

Fresno’s David Prickett affirmed his place at the top of Western Midget Racing, earning his 15th career win in the production-powered series.

The 20-lap feature started with Antioch’s Shawn Arriaga losing a wheel as he entered turn one. Stockton’s John Sarale took over the top position while Bower bicycled trying to pass on the inside. Prickett attempted a two-for-one on Sarale and Bower before cautions flew for Gary Dunn spun in turn four.

Both Prickett and 2020 Delta Speedway Micro champion Caden Sarale passed Bower on the restart. Prickett then worked up the inside to take the lead on lap seven. Prickett drove ahead for the victory while John Sarale used the outside line to roll ahead of his son Caden for second. Bower and Lodi’s Nate Wait rounded out the top-five.

Brentwood’s “Fast” Fred Ryland led all 20-laps for the IMCA Sport Mod victory. Ryland qualifying and won his heat race as well. San Jose’s Randy Miller finished second ahead of the other heat race winner of the night, Dennis Simunovich. Mike Ficklin of Paradise and Trevor Clymens of Brentwood were the balance of the top-five.

After a runner-up finish last Friday night, Travis VanGilder won the Four Banger feature. He topped Kate Beardsley and Nicole Beardsley for the win in the 15-lap affair. Wayne Reeder of Watsonville and Bill Beardsley finished fourth and fifth.

Ocean Speedway will be in action this Friday night with the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo. The 360 Sprint Cars will be joined by IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Four Bangers, and South Bay Dwarf Cars. Tickets are available online at www.OceanSpeedway.com

Ocean Speedway PR

Battling a field full of fresh faces and enthusiasm for the growing Western Midget Racing presented by Masters Design and Construction season, Fresno’s David Prickett affirmed his place at the top of the pedestal. Prickett earned his 15th career win in the production-powered Midget series on Friday night at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. The win opened a two-night weekend for the series with a stop on Saturday at Petaluma Speedway on tap.

Stockton’s John Sarale won the first heat race and was part of a four-pronged debut effort into the series from car owner Kevin Felkins. Brentwood’s Blake Bower won the second heat race.

The 20-lap feature started with Antioch’s Shawn Arriaga losing a wheel as he entered turn one. Sarale took over the top position while Bower bicycled trying to pass on the inside. Prickett attempted a two-for-one on Sarale and Bower before cautions flew for Gary Dunn spun in turn four.

Both Prickett and 2020 Delta Speedway Micro champion Caden Sarale passed Bower on the restart. Prickett then worked up the inside to take the lead on lap seven. Prickett drove ahead for the victory while John Sarale used the outside line to roll ahead of his son Caden for second. Bower and Lodi’s Nate Wait rounded out the top-five.

Western Midget Racing continues on Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway, with tickets available or fans can view the action on FloRacing.com

For more information on Western Midget Racing, visit them at www.WesternMidgetRacing.com or follow them on Facebook!

Western Midget Racing is presented by: Masters Design and Construction, Rockwell Security, Rams Racing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Extreme Mufflers, FTK, King Racing Products, and BR Motorsports.

May 14, 2021 – Ocean Speedway (Watsonville, Calif.) Results

HEAT 1 (8 laps) – 1. 35SR John Sarale; HEAT 2 (8 laps) – 1. 9 Blake Bower

FEATURE (20 laps) - 1. 22Q-David Prickett[4]; 2. 35SR-John Sarale[1]; 3. 35S-Caden Sarale[3]; 4. 9-Blake Bower[2]; 5. 58-Nate Wait[8]; 6. 35L-JJ Loss[11]; 7. 29-Cory Brown[5]; 8. 8K-Kala Keliinoi[13]; 9. 17-Megan Moorehead[10]; 10. 6-Gary Dunn[7]; 11. 0FG-Jon Santibanes[9]; 12. 35-Shawn Arriaga[6]; 13. (DNS) 10-Antonia Boscacci

NEXT RACE: May 15 Petaluma Speedway (Petaluma, Calif.)

WMR PR

Stafford Speedway hosted another round of Stafford Weekly Racing on Friday, MAY 14th with Open Modified cars in the house for the Call Before You Dig Open Modified 81.  Keith Rocco scored his first win of the 2021 season in the SK Modified® feature, Tom Fearn won his first Late Model feature since August 2019, Brian Sullivan scored his first win of 2021 in the SK Light feature, Matt Clement was a first time 2021 winner in the Limited Late Model feature, and Frank L’Etoile, Jr. was a 2021 first time winner in the Street Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Bryan Narducci led the field to the green flag and he took the early race lead with Mikey Flynn right behind him in second.  Michael Gervais, Jr. was side by side with Doug Meservey, Jr. for third with Noah Korner in fifth.  Flynn made a move around Narducci on lap-4 to move into the lead while Gervais took third.  Meservey was sliding backwards outside the top-10 as Korner took fourth and Ronnie Williams moved into fifth.

Gervais made a move to get by Narducci and take over second on lap-9.  Williams was also on the charge as he took fourth and then took third from Narducci on lap-11.  The caution came out with 13 laps complete as Matt Vassar spun coming out of turn 2 and collected the car of Troy Talman.

Tom Bolles spun in turn 1 on the restart to bring the caution right back out on the restart.  Gervais took the lead on the next restart with a 3-wide move against Narducci and Flynn but Narducci charged back to the front on lap-15.  Todd Owen was on a charge as he took the lead from Narducci on lap-16.  Narducci came right back to the inside of Owen on lap-17 to hold the lead at the line.  Stephen Kopcik was now fighting side by side with Owen for second when the caution flew with 18 laps complete for Teddy Hodgdon, who got into the frontstretch wall. 

Kopcik got around Narducci with a slick move going into turn 3 on the restart to take the race lead.  Keith Rocco took third and then went by Narducci on lap-20 to move into second.  Narducci was third in line followed by Owen and Flynn.  Owen got around Narducci to move into third on lap-23 while Rocco was applying heavy pressure to Kopcik for the race lead.  Rocco was able to make a move to get by Kopcik on lap-25 to take the lead.  Kopcik came back to the inside of Rocco on lap-27 to take the lead by a nose at the line. 

With 5 laps to go, Kopcik and Rocco had pulled away from Owen in third to settle the race between themselves.  The caution flew with 37 laps complete for a spin by Narducci coming out of turn 4 to set up a 3 lap dash to the finish.  Dan Wesson was sent to the rear of the field for making contact with Narducci.

Kopcik took the lead back under green with Rocco in second.  Owen was third followed by Flynn and Tyler Hines.  Rocco made a move to get to the inside of Kopcik as they came to the white flag.  Rocco beat Kopcik to the checkered flag by a half car length to pick up his first win of the 2021 season.  Owen finished third with Hines and Flynn rounding out the top-5.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature event, the caution flew right after the green flag dropped as Armand Cote, Jr. spun in turn 1.  Back under green, Paul Varricchio, Jr. took the lead with Andrew Molleur in close pursuit.  Tom Fearn was third in the early running with Darrell Keane fourth and Ryan Fearn fifth. 

With 10 laps on the board, Varricchio was still in command of the race with Molleur still right on his bumper.  Michael Bennett and Wayne Coury, Jr. touched on the backstretch with Bennett spinning to bring the caution out with 10 laps complete.

Varricchio took the lead on the restart with Tom Fearn moving up to second.  Ryan Fearn moved into third with Molleur sliding back to fourth and Darrell Keane running in fifth.  Tom Fearn took the lead from Varricchio on lap-15 and his move opened the door for Ryan Fearn to follow him by Varricchio and take second.  Varricchio continued to slide backwards as Molleur took third, Keane fourth and Michael Wray fifth before Varricchio got back in line in sixth place.

With 10 laps to go, Ryan Fearn was applying heavy pressure to Tom Fearn for the lead which allowed Molleur to close in on the lead duo and make it a 3-car train for the lead.  Molleur worked his way by Ryan Fearn to move into second on lap-25 but Ryan Fearn came right back on lap-27 and moved back into second.  Molleur slid back to fifth as Keane moved into third and Wray took fourth but Tom Fearn was still holding off Ryan Fearn for the lead.

Tom Fearn led his cousin Ryan Fearn to the checkered flag to pick up his first win since August 23, 2019.  Keane finished third with Wray and Molleur rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap SK Light feature event, Amanda West led the field to the green and she streaked into the lead at the drop of the green flag.  Tyler Chapman was second in line followed by Nick Anglace.  Peter Bennett took fourth place on lap-4 and Brian Sullivan was right behind him in fifth as they dropped Norm Sears from fourth back to sixth.  Casey Vogt spun coming out of turn 4 to bring the caution out with 4 laps complete.

Tyler Chapman took the lead from West on lap-6 but just as soon as he took the lead Sullivan moved by him to take over the race lead.  Anglace and West were now side by side for third with George Bessette, Jr. up to fifth.  Sullivan and Chapman started to pull away from the field as Bessette and Anglace were swapping third place back and forth between themselves with Peter Bennett and Derek Debbis lined up behind them in fifth and sixth.  The caution came out with 18 laps complete as Cassandra Cole, Norm Sears, and Anthony Bello came together coming out of turn 4 with Sears spinning and Bello heading to pit road with heavy right front damage to set up a green white checkered finish.

Sullivan took the lead on the restart with Bessette charging his way into second.  Vogt spun to bring the caution back out with 19 laps complete and set up another green white checkered finish.

Sullivan took the lead on the restart with Tyler Chapman moving back into second.  Bennett and Bessette were side by side for third with Anglace and Steven Chapman side by side for fifth.  Tyler Chapman made one last charge at Sullivan but Sullivan was able to hold him off at the line by a nose to score his first win of the 2021 season.  Bennett finished third with Bessette and Steven Chapman rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, Matt Clement led the field to the green and he took the early lead.  Right behind him was Gary Patnode but the caution flew with one lap complete as several cars, including Jay Clement, last week’s winner Rich Hammann, Alexandra Fearn, and R.J. Surdell all spun in turn 1.

Clement took the lead on the restart with Patnode again right behind him in second.  Jeremy Lavoie was third in line but he took second place from Patnode on lap-3.  Fearn followed Lavoie by Patnode to move into third and she then took second from Lavoie on lap-4.  Devon Jencik was running in fifth place with Hammann in sixth as Matt Clement continued to lead the race.  Hammann got around Jencik on lap-6 to move into fifth place. 

With 10 laps complete, Matt Clement was still in command followed by Fearn, Lavoie, Hammann, and Patnode.  Jencik was sixth in line and he was followed by Jay Clement, Matt Scappini, Damian Palardy, Dave Shinder, and Trinity Provost.

Hammann was able to work his way past Lavoie to take over third place on lap-15 but he was still chasing both Fearn in second and Matt Clement in the lead.  Matt Clement led the field to the checkered flag to pick up his first win of the 2021 season.  Fearn finished second with Hammann, Lavoie, and Patnode rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Street Stock feature event, Marvin Minkler streaked into the lead at the start of the race with Adrien Paradis, III moving into second.  Bobby Stirk, III was third with Chris Danielczuk fourth and David Macha, Sr. fifth.  The caution flew with 1 lap complete for a spin in the middle of turns 1+2 by Patrick Jenks.

James Desrosiers spun in turn 2 to bring the caution out on the restart.  Paradis took the lead on the restart but the caution came back out with 3 laps complete for a spin in turn 1 by Minkler after contact from Macha, who was black flagged for jumping the restart. 

Paradis took the lead on the next restart with Chris Meyer slotting into second.  Kyle Johnson was up to third with Frank L’Etoile, Jr. fourth and Nickolas Hovey in fifth.  Travis Hydar was on the move, getting by both Stirk and Jason Finkbein on lap-5 to move into sixth place.  Meyer took to the outside lane on lap-7 and he powered his way around Paradis to take over the race lead.  Behind them, L’Etoile took third from Johnson with Hovey still in fifth place.  Jenks spun in turn 2 to bring the caution back out with 12 laps complete.

Meyer took the lead back under green with L’Etoile moving into second.  Hovey made a move to the inside of Paradis to move into third on lap-14 with Johnson still running in fifth.  Bill Cote spun in the middle of turns 1+2 to bring the caution back out with 17 laps complete and set up a 3 lap dash to the finish.

The restart saw Hovey spin and collect the car of Paradis, who hit the turn 1 SAFER barrier head on to bring the caution right back out.  Danielczuk spun on the restart but the race stayed green with L’Etoile getting around Meyer to take the lead.  L’Etoile led Meyer to the checkered flag to pick up his first win of the 2021 season.  Hydar finished third with Finkbein and Tyler Trott rounding out the top-5.

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Open Modified cars returned to Stafford Motor Speedway for the first of four visits during the 2021 season on Friday, May 14th for the Call Before You Dig Open Modified 81.  Michael Christopher, Jr., driving for Tommy Baldwin, Jr., took the lead from NASCAR Cup Series competitor Ryan Preece on lap-50 and he led the final 31 laps to pick up winning contingency bonuses of $1,000 from GAF Roofing and $500 from New England Racing Fuel to push his winner’s check up to $5,000.

The race took the green flag with Chase Dowling taking the early race lead with Michael Christopher, Jr. and Patrick Emerling side by side for second.  Christopher won that duel and took second on lap-3 with Ronnie Williams in fourth and Joey Cipriano in fifth.  Ryan Preece was sixth in line followed by Keith Rocco, Stephen Kopcik, Todd Owen, and Craig Lutz.

Dowling was beginning to slowly stretch out his lead over Christopher in second while Williams made a move to the inside of Emerling to take over third place on lap-11 and Preece overtook Cipriano to move into fifth.  Preece took fourth place from Emerling on lap-18 while Dowling was still comfortably in the lead with Christopher and Williams still giving chase.  This was still the running order when the caution came out with 29 laps complete for a spin on the backstretch by Lutz.

Dowling took the lead on the restart with Christopher and Williams going side by side for second.  Preece was fourth in line with Rocco in fifth place.  Emerling was in sixth place followed by Cipriano, Cam McDermott, Woody Pitkat, and Marcello Rufrano.  Just before he was about to complete lap-34, Dowling abruptly pulled his car to pit road through the mini mile, which handed the race lead over to Christopher.  Preece was now up to second behind Christopher with Williams, Rocco, and Cipriano making up the top-5.  The caution came back out with 47 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Eric Goodale.

Under the caution the entire lead lap of cars with the exception of Noah Korner and Anthony Nocella came to pit road for a change of two tires and adjustments.  Cipriano won the race off pit road followed by Preece, Williams, Christopher, Matt Galko, Emerling, Goodale, Chris Pasteryak, Kopcik, and McDermott. 

Nocella took the lead on the restart with Korner and Preece right there with him, but the caution came back out with 48 laps complete for Goodale, who dropped off the pace on the backstretch and the car of Tom Abele, Jr. came to a stop on the backstretch.

Nocella took the lead on the restart but Preece made a 3-wide move in turn 4 to take the lead but his time at the front was short as Christopher shot under Preece in turns 1+2 on lap-50 to move into the lead.  Burt Myers spun on the backstretch to bring the caution flag back out with 51 laps complete.

Christopher took the lead back under green with Preece and Cipriano right behind him.  Emerling was fourth in line followed by Williams, the side by side duo of Nocella and Pasteryak, McDermott, Pitkat, and Galko. 

With 10 laps to go, Christopher was still in the lead with Preece several car lengths behind in second.  Cipriano was third followed by Emerling, Williams, Nocella, McDermott, Goodale, Rocco, and Owen. 

Christopher led Preece to the checkered flag to win the Call Before You Dig Open Modified 81.  Cipriano finished third with Emerling and Nocella rounding out the top-5.

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Last August, in another ARCA Menards Series East race, Ty Gibbs dominated at Dover before a late crash ended his chance for victory.

Gibbs made sure history did not repeat itself on Friday as another strong effort finally led to a Monster Trophy as he won the “General Tire 125” ARCA Menards Series East race at Dover International Speedway.

Gibbs started from the pole position and led all 125 laps on his way to the checkered flag. It is the first ARCA Menards Series East race in track history to have just one leader throughout the event.

“I’m really thankful to run here,” Gibbs said. “I learned a lot for tomorrow.”

The 18-year-old will start 14th in Saturday’s “Drydene 200” NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race (1:30 p.m., FS1).

Gibbs’ stiffest challenge came on the final restart on Lap 107, when he was side by side with Josh Berry for most of two laps before finally clearing him.

“I ran really hard and Josh ran hard,” Gibbs said. “There’s no other way to get by them.”

Gibbs, driving the No. 18 Toyota for his grandfather’s famed Joe Gibbs Racing team, beat Berry to the checkered flag. NASCAR Cup Series veteran David Gilliland was third, followed by ARCA Menards Series East points leader Sammy Smith in fourth and Max Gutierrez in fifth.

Some contenders had their race end before the final stages of the 125-lap event.

Jesse Love, the 2020 ARCA Menards Series West champion, completed just 20 laps before engine troubles forced his car to the garage.

Later, race officials added two extra competition cautions and granted each team four more tires to alleviate scarcity following early wear issues. Drew Dollar, Justin Carroll and Rajah Caruth all had tire issues before Lap 75 that led to hard, single-car crashes and ended their chances for a victory.

Nine cars finished on the lead lap, including Smith, who was two laps down early before finishing fourth.

Dover International Speedway’s NASCAR tripleheader weekend continues on Saturday with the “Drydene 200” NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race, followed by the “Drydene 400” NASCAR Cup Series race (2 p.m., FS1) on Sunday.

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David Gilliland, No. 17 DGR Ford Fusion

Start: 6th

Finish: 3rd

  • Starting positions were determined by each driver's fastest lap from practice; thus, David Gilliland started from the sixth position.
  • Gilliland was in seventh when caution flag waved on lap 16. He advanced to fourth on the restart, but ultimately settled for sixth at the break for the first pit stop. The team changed four tires, added fuel and made some adjustments to aid the tight handling conditions.
  • After restarting sixth, the Ford driver bided his time and took an opportunity to advance into fifth just before another caution came out with 50 laps remaining. The team would pit again for tires and fuel.
  • Gilliland was still in fifth when the final pit break happened around lap 100 and the team gave him his final set of tires and adjustments. On the final restart, he moved the No. 17 Fusion into third and ultimately finished the race there.
 

Joey Iest, No. 54 ASN/Basila Ranch Ford Fusion

Start: 2nd

Finish: 8th

  • Joey Iest started the General Tire 125 in the second position by virtue of his fastest lap from practice.
  • Throughout the first stage of the race, Iest found himself as low as fourth and as high as second after two restarts due to cautions bunched the field back up. When the caution flag waved for the first pit break, Iest was in fourth. The team came down pit road for four tires and fuel.
  • The No. 54 Fusion restarted fourth and was running there when caution flag waved with 50 laps remaining in the race. ARCA officials decided to make this the second pit break and added a third break on lap 100 due to excessive tire wear.
  • After pitting for tires, fuel and adjustments, Iest restarted fourth, quickly moved to third and was running there when the yellow flag was displayed for the final stop of the race.
  • With the final set of tires and adjustments, Iest restarted third and was battling for position when he got loose and had to quickly save the car. He dropped to 10th, but was able to advance two more positions over the next 15 laps and finished the General Tire 125 in eighth.
 

Next event: North Carolina 200 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina on June 12 at 8 p.m. ET.

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